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Warning to vehicle owners after spate of thefts in Peak District village

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Police have issued a warning to owners of motor vehicles in a Peak District village following a spate of thefts.

A number of vehicles have been reported stolen in Hathersage, prompting the alert from the local Safer Neighbourhood Team.

Between 12am on Saturday April 11 and 4.20pm Monday April 13, two off-road bikes, with the security chains still attached, were taken from a barn at a farm on Highlow in Hathersage.

A motorbike was stolen from outside business premises on Station Road in Hathersage between 9am on Monday April 13 and 7pm on Wednesday April 15, while a plastic motorcycle cover was removed from outside a property on Main Road in Grindleford overnight on Monday April 13.

PCSO Anthony Boswell, from the Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “We’re urging local motorbike owners to step up security in the wake of these crimes. People can follow some simple steps to boost security including installing alarms and secondary locks such as a disc lock, chain or cable lock.

“We’d also encourage people to consider using ground anchors or a garage where possible to extra protect their vehicles and have their vehicles security marked to help in a situation where they may be lost or stolen.”

Anyone with information about the above crimes is urged to contact PCSO Boswell on the 101 number.